Interested in making sense of big data? Want to contribute to advances in virtual reality that train a pilot to operate a 787 or a surgeon to perform a complex procedure? Interested in machine learning or improving wireless networks and communication?
Explore your passions and the academic and career pathways available to you.
Choose meaningful general education courses
You can fulfill your general education requirements while building the context and creativity you'll need to engineer solutions to meaningful problems. Keep in mind that in your first year, you may want to start out in 100 or 200 level classes and build towards upper-division coursework throughout your time at the UW.
- SOC 225: Data and Society (I&S)
- INFO 102: Gender and Information Technology (I&S and DIV)
- INFO 402: Gender, Race and Information Technology (I&S and DIV)
- CHID 370/COM 302: The Cultural Impact of Information Technology (I&S or VLPA)
- COM 303: Social Effects of Technology and Social Media (I&S)
- EDUC 375: Digital Media Literacy (VLPA)
General education requirements
As a UW student, you are required to take general education courses. As an engineering student, this typically consists of:
- 10 credits of Visual, Literary, & Performing Arts (VLPA)
- 10 credits of Individuals & Societies (I&S)
- 4 credits of VLPA or I&S
- 3 credits of Diversity (DIV)
Related majors and academic degrees
academics applied learning profile research
Aeronautics and Astronautics
Human Centered Design & Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering
Join student organizations working in your area of interest. You’ll make friends who have similar interests while building skills working on your passions!
- ACM-W - Association for Computing Machinery for Women, UW Chapter
- Advanced Robotics at UW
- Association for Computing Machinery, UW Chapter
- Batman's Kitchen
- Cyber Defense Competition Team
- Code Spree
- DubsTech | Humans of Tech
- Girls Who Code College Loops, UW Chapter
- Husky Tech
- Open Source Club at the University of Washington
- WiUX: Women in User Experience
- Women In Data Science, UW Chapter
Study abroad opportunities
Here are some examples of study abroad programs that could deepen your understanding of the way engineering can impact the lives of people around the world.
- iSchool and Honors Netherlands: Dutch Designs: Innovation in Library, Museum, and Information Services in the Netherlands
- iSchool South Korea: Information, Technology, and Society in Modern South Korea
- iSchool Vienna: Semantic AI - Using Metadata to Build Advanced Intelligence Systems
Many study abroad programs include engineering classes, participation in research or internships. See UW Engineering's Study Abroad page to learn more and start the planning process.
Capstone design projects in computing, data and digital technologies
In your senior year, you will participate in a capstone design experience that serves as a culmination of your engineering study. Past capstone projects in computing, data and digital technologies have included:
- Electrical and computer engineering students worked with Kernel Labs to design, build and test a cost-efficient general purpose rover for farm use. The rover is remotely operated and built with a machine learning framework for implementing future applications.
- Industrial and systems engineering students worked with the Genie company to improve the usability and speed of their database that tracks parts and part materials. The team provided a wireframe to be linked with SQL programming to enhance the user interface.
- Mechanical engineering students were tasked with capturing, assessing and analyzing large amounts of McKinstry's building data to identify trends and deliver recommendations on what occupants and operators should be doing differently to positively impact resource consumption in the built environment.
Join a research team
Every UW Engineering department offers undergraduate research opportunities. To get started:
- Ask questions and learn more at a UW Undergraduate Research Program information session.
- Contact an adviser.
- Contact faculty to express interest in joining their labs and learn how to get involved.
The following centers are involved in research related to computing, data and digital technologies. Contact faculty to see if they have room.
Additionally, the following research programs are specifically relevant for students interested in computing data and digital technologies: